Sisu has invented new sporting disciplines

Aug 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Lead articles

3.8.2018 by Sisu, Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Terve! Hello! Dear friends, this time I want to present two new sporting disciplines for you. But before I do that I have some information about my future. The Finnish speakers will find the same information in the Ranua Zoo’s latest newsletter.


I’m a 1½ year old teenager now. In the wild mama polar bears start weaning their cubs when they are about 2 years old. However, I’m allowed to stay with my mama maybe one more year. When mama says it’s time for me too leave the nest I can just ‘fly’ to the neighbouring enclosure where my papa used to live.

I know there are many polar bear cubs waiting for a new home. What luck there’s no hurry in my case so my zoo can consider all possibilities very thoroughly. If you’re wondering about mama’s new boyfriend I don’t know when and if there’s a new male coming. Maybe mama wants some time for herself after raising me ….

I hope I can stay in Europe – maybe in Germany? I also hope I could live together with a girl whose name begins with the letter ‘Q’! Oh well, a bear boy is allowed to have dreams …..

Now it’s time for me to show you my new toy!


I must throw it into the water first.


Have you ever seen shot put in the water before?


Let me show you my brilliant technics. This is a two paw variant.


I would like to see the big human athlets to put the shot backwards! I’m sure I would beat them anytime! 🙂



I like the colour of my shot! I’m sure the lilac colour will give me extra energy, too!


Juggling is good training!


Catching it with two paws is very elegant ….


…. but my one paw technics isn’t so bad either.


I’ve been even practicing back stroke with the shot.


This discipline is very relaxing!


The Champion


Now I’m going to enjoy the ice bomb my keepers have prepared for mama and me. We get our food frozen during the hot days. A very good idea don’t you agree?

Thank you for watching! I hope to be back soon with more news!

Your pal Sisu

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  1. TERVE! – my littel big friend.

    Fantastic pics again. I am afraid you get a big star – oh – sorry – of course you ARE already a big star!
    But PLEASE, don’t get bigheaded! 😉

    Beautiful bear – beautiful ball – beautiful action a n d c o o l w a t e r !
    What could a polar bear friend possible desire more on a beautiful HOT summer day!?

    This was just a little HELLO and THANKS for YOU, MERVI and MARKO. I will only read the accompanying story later . . .

  2. Dumba – I’m glad you can write here at least. There are ‘sign in’ problems for almost everybody in the Knuipe and in the Back Room.

    I agree – Sisu is a super star! 🙂

    Hugs from Mervi

  3. Dear Sisu
    You’re a great ball artist !!!!!!!
    I hope you’re moving to a beautiful zoo, but it’ll take time. And so long you may continue to annoy the mom 🙂

    Dear Marko,
    wonderful pictures. Thank you a lot.

    Dear Mervi
    Thank you for this nice report.

    Have all a cool weekend!

  4. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Sisu is for sure a very skilful ball player, even if the the ball seems to be quite small considering the size of this already big boy.
    A real artist whether with one or two paws.
    I loved all the pics. On the last one he seemed to be so proud about his virtuosity.

    Good to know that the Ranua Zoo is able to take all the time it needs to find a new home for this handsome polar bear boy. And perhaps his dreams about a girl whose name begins with a Q will come true…
    Thank you for this delightful and refreshing start of the day!

    I wish everybody a nice weekend. Take care and stay cool and relaxed!


  5. Dear Sisu, Mervi and Marko,

    Thank you for this charming report and pictures!

    Oh little pretty bear-star, nice to see you again here!
    Water and ice cream are the things, what we all love in the hot summer day!
    I hope, Sisu, you’ll get a good zoo in the future and we can hear and read about you!

    Greetings from Tallinn

  6. – OT –

    To MERVI – Re: New Cover Collage in the ‘Original KNUIPE’ for AUGUST 2018

    Your KNUTi-collage with the moon is super-sweet!

  7. Now, I’ve read everything.
    Thanks for the nicely given information about SISU’s possible future – on a serious note PLUS adream (the girl starting with a ‘Q’! I join you in crossing my fingers to come this dream true).

    The MERVI-comments on the sport actions are quite funny and so fitting the single situaltion/pics.

    This one especially could be taken during a REAL volley ball game. GREAT!

  8. “. . . could have been taken . . .”
    OMG: If no typos you can be sure I’m producing at least grammar mistakes. SIGH!

  9. Liebe Mervi,

    die Ballartistik von SISU wird immer besser, also steht ihm noch eine große Karriere bevor.
    Der lila Ball ist großartig und Miss Q wünsche ich, dass sie bei SISU in Ranua einziehen darf.
    Vielleicht will seine Mama gar keinen neuen Bärenmann mehr und die beiden sorgen
    für eine neue Generation – wer weiß?

    Mervi und Marco, vielen Dank für die bezaubernden Bilder mit den schönen Texten!

  10. Dear Mervi & Marko

    Sisu is playing so lovely with the little ball !
    Thank you for the excellent photos – a king
    who has such a pool for cooling down in
    this terrible summerheat (today 37°C).

    Chris 🙂

  11. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    It is great to see Sisu at ball playing in the water. He did a right thing at the warm weather.

  12. Dear Mervi and Marko
    It is good to see Sisu enjoying himself in the water. I hope that he will have many more months together with Venus. I am sure that when the time comes for Sisu to move, he will find a good home.

  13. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    ja da warten tatsächlich einige Bären auf einen guten neuen Zoo und wenn Sisu ein Mädel mit dem C….
    bekommen würde, ich würde mich freuen.
    Der Ball sieht wie eine große Blaubeere aus und Sisu zeigt sein Balltalent damit.
    Hoffen wir das Beste für unsere Lieblinge und dass sie in der Nähe bleiben können.
    Vielen Dank für schöne Bilder und witzige passende Texte.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  14. terve dear Sisu,
    you are looking so sweet and it is great to see, how nice you can play in your pool with this wonderful lila ball. I can understand, that Marko likes it so much taking pictures of you, you know he is so proud of YOU. Enjoy your wonderfjul childhood, big paw waves and all the best to you and to your dear Mama
    dear Mervi and dear Marko,
    thank you so much for this touching up date from Ranua, and Mervi, your text is so nice, really like Sisu would have said this
    dear greetings to Finland and to Sweden

  15. Dear Sisu, there was a time that you confused me and that I was wondering whether you were a boy or a girl. But now, I know that you are a boy (based on these last pics). And a very skillful one with regard to ball games.